Did you know that this week is National Historical Book week?
So in that thought, I have a mystery for you today that takes the lead character back in time to her own family's history, and the history of the island she lives on! It's also fits while our Island History theme for the day!
Archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth has dug herself a deep hole and she can't make her way out of it. As she struggles to recover from a shattering personal loss, she sees that everyone she loves is trying to reach out to her. If only she could reach back. Instead she’s out digging holes all over her home, the Florida island of Joyeuse. In their old plantation home, Joe Wolf Mantooth is surrounded by family—Faye, the wife he loves; their toddler son he adores; and his father, who hasn't gotten around to telling him how long he's been out of prison or how he got there—yet Joe has never felt so helpless or alone. Then a close friend at the local marina is brutally murdered, the first in a string of crimes against women that rocks Micco County. Joe, desperate to help Faye, realizes she is in danger from both her inner demons and someone who has breached the island’s isolation. Local law and environmental officials say they want to help, but to Faye and Joe they feel more like invaders. A struggling Faye reaches back over a century into her family’s history for clues. And all the while, danger snakes further into their lives, threatening the people they love, their cherished home, even the very ground—some of it poisoned—beneath their feet.
This is the 9th book in the Faye Longchamp series, and I'm sad to admit only the 2nd that I have read from the series. Faye and her husband are living in her family's ancestral home, on an isolated Florida island. She is coping with a late term miscarriage, and the emotional fall out from it, when she starts digging on the island and finds more than she bargained for. When a neighbor is murdered, soon after her father-in-law arrives after being released from prison, mysteries start piling up daily. But they all help to bring Faye and her family closer, and they fight together to survive when the island comes under attack. More than just a mystery, this is the tale of how we can become emotionally detached, but ultimately saved by love. It's a great book and I highly recommend it.
About the Author:
Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but her heart is in the past. She turned from engineering to fiction after the birth of her third child, shifting her focus from managing hazardous wastes to preparing balanced meals. She has yet to acquire the knack of laundry management. But her Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries have received recognitions including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Florida Literature Award, the Mississippi Author Award in fiction, a writer's residency from The Studios of Key West, and three medals from the Florida Book Awards. She holds degrees in physics and engineering, but she loves writing novels even more. www.maryannaevans.com